Life, art, and nature on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy to report we did not blow away in Hurricane Sandy. Feeling very lucky to have escaped with relatively minor troubles . Mr. C.'s car had a couple of inches of water in the floor. We have no idea how that happened. We lost power last night just as we were going to bed. Unfortunately, one of us had left the door of the fridge slightly ajar, and as the power was out, it couldn't chirp and remind us. So we lost the contents. I actually think that was Mother Nature's way of saying, "Girl, you need to clean out this refrigerator!" She was right, and now it's done. 
Our power is back on. Scout and the horses are delighted to have so much mud to roll around in, and I am trying not to complain too much about the muddy paw prints, as we are feeling fortunate indeed, that we suffered no major damage in the storm. Sending thoughts and prayers to those folks who weren't so lucky and are still struggling with the aftermath.
I have some storm damage pictures, but those are for another day. Today is for wishing you a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN, and showing you some hastily snapped photos of  Barn Bug critters from this afternoon.
Nigel, the Man!!
Mud Witch. I know, but we did just have a HURRICANE!
Scoutie isn't into masks yet. Hopefully, by next year she'll be as cooperative as The Nige. Ha!
Wood nymph?

Monday, October 29, 2012


Took a last ride across the river yesterday, before hunkering down for the duration. Our rain began in the night on Saturday and hasn't stopped. It was high tide when we went out, and I was surprised to see some minor flooding already. Take a look at the dock where the Mystic Whaler was moored last Sunday...
 The same spot, yesterday...
The winds are picking up now. The horses and cats are snug in the barn. The dogs are cozy indoors. Mr. C. and I are drinking tea and eating these...
Big Soft Ginger cookies from
I will leave you with a storm preparedness tip from Nigel and good wishes for all my east coast friends and family. May we all come out safely on the other side. XO
Nigel recommends...

Current conditions, chez moi.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Well now, looks like we're about to get a big old storm. There isn't a flashlight or generator left in the mid-shore area. We are as ready as we can be. My biggest concern is, always, a power outage which means I can't run water for the horses. I have filled every available bucket and tub with water. We have extra propane in case we're reduced to cooking on the Weber, my laundry is done, patio furniture is stowed, the Kindles are charged, ditto all camera batteries and cell phones. We have bottled water, non-perishable food, dry fire wood, plenty of hay, and gas in our tanks. Tomorrow, I'll duct tape emergency info. to the horses' halters, in the unlikely (I hope) event that the barn blows down. I even have a stash of Beaverdam bones for the dogs, who are likely to be bored before it's all done. 
Having done most of my hurricane prep yesterday, Mr. C. and I moseyed up to Chestertown for Downrigging Weekend. I can't believe we've never been to this event before. Sadly, all the Sunday activities are cancelled due to the impending storm. If you like to stroll the tree-lined streets of a waterfront community while ogling historic homes, not to mention schooners, Chestertown is the place for you.
Let's follow the yellow brick road...

You had to know there'd be dogs.

Pride of Baltimore II, again. She's going to think we're stalking her.
A "box turtle" bird-watching boat.

A. J. Meerwald
Finished the afternoon here, with a Nutella latte. What? I've been really good this week, and hurricane prepping burns a lot of calories! Visit the Evergrain Bread Co. here.

Home, and a little peep of sunset before "Frankenstorm." 
Be safe, my friends. XO

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Mother Nature has been extraordinarily generous with us this fall. All these blossoms still, in addition to glorious leaf color...

Also abundant? These gifts from a neighbor, with a few additions from the Amish Market.
Yum! Hoping all our color isn't blown away by the coming (or not) storm. 
Stay safe, friends. XO

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Walk with me. I'll wait while you change your shoes...
I should have been doing a lot of other things. But, it's October 23rd and 77degrees. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you'll miss it. XO.